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View Poll Results: Are you 1337?
Yeah, damn right! h4x0r etc.
No, I'm not that lame
I'm not lame - I'm on a Linux site because my porno viewing went horribly wrong
Distribution: Slackware current & occasional dabbling with Mandrake 10.0
no, im 1351, fuxx0r!!!!
(Sorry... sorry... I really don't communicate like that... it's the sleep dep talking.)
And for the benefit of those who don't what what the numbers mean:
Leet (often l33t, 31337, or 1337) is a cipher, or simply a novelty form of English spelling. It is characterized by the use of non-alphabet characters to stand for letters bearing a superficial resemblance, and by a number of quasi-standard spelling changes such as the substitution of "z" for final "s" and "x" for "(c)ks". Leet is traditionally used on the Internet and other online communities, such as bulletin board systems, to complement Internet slang or "chatspeak". Leet is used by hackers, crackers, script kiddies and gamers, and even lamers. While leet was once an extremely popular trend amongst hackers, the current trend favors proper spelling and grammar, which some believe serves as a more effective form of expression. Many skilled hackers of today do not normally use leet due to its association with Internet users whom they dislike, pejoratively dubbed lamers. However, leet is a cultural phenomenon amongst hackers, and is known and used (usually in the jocular) by many computer professionals because of this.
Certain factions maintain that "true" leetspeak is spelled correctly, with the exceptions described above. They do not consider the use of extreme short forms (such as b, or u) to be leet or leetspeak; instead, they refer to it by such terms as "AOL speak" because they associate such habits with people who chat using MSN Messenger or AOL Instant Messenger. Another habit which is sometimes associated with leetspeak or Internet chatting is capitalizing every other letter (JuSt LiKe ThIs), sometimes called stickycaps. A similar habit involves capitalizing every letter except for vowels (JuST LiKe THiS).